Dueker Ranch Horse Therapy
Dennis Dueker once thought giving pony rides to disable children was a waste of time. Then, he got to see the healing power of horses first hand. It not only changed his mind, it motivated him to establish Dueker Ranch Horse Therapy. The story began shortly after Dennis retired from General Motors when he was asked by a friend to volunteer at a horse therapy facility in California. When the Dueker family moved to Arizona, Dennis saw a golden opportunity to establish a horse therapy in his hometown of Payson.
Wanting to do it right, Dennis studied and got his accreditation from PATH Intl, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. He also found Horses Help, a horse therapy center in Phoenix where he could volunteer.
Through his volunteer work, Dennis noticed that many families in need could not afford the benefits of horse therapy. He set up Dueker Ranch as a 501c3 charity and provides his horse therapy for free.
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